of ESPN.com reports
late Thursday night that there are two additional names to add to the list of executives in the running to be the next GM of the Portland Trail Blazers: Cleveland Cavaliers VP of Basketball Operations David Griffin and Los Angeles Clippers VP of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey.
Sources say Griffin has interviewed with the Blazers as well. Griffin just completed his first season in Cleveland after a long career with the Phoenix Suns that saw him rise from an intern in the media department to the head of the front office in three different Suns administrations alongside Bryan Colangelo, Mike D’Antoni and Steve Kerr.
Olshey has been the Clippers’ general manager since March 9, 2010, replacing the ousted Mike Dunleavy after joining the organization as director of player personnel in 2003-04 and eventually serving as Dunleavy’s top aide. Olshey’s contract with the Clippers, however, only runs through October 2011.
On Thursday morning, Blazers president Larry Miller again refused to comment in any way, shape or form on the search process through a spokesperson.
"[There is] no update," the spokesperson said. "Out of respect for the process and people [Miller] prefers to not play it out publicly. We aren't discussing the process or people at this time."
Last Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski
of Yahoo! Sports reported
that Oklahoma City Thunder executive Troy Weaver, San Antonio Spurs executive Dennis Lindsey and former Golden State Warriors executive Chris Mullin are potential candidates.
Both Griffin and Mullin came up as potential candidates last summer
before the Blazers opted to hire Rich Cho, who was abruptly fired in May. Back in June 2010, before he was hired by the Cavaliers, I called Griffin a "name to watch
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